Itinerary vs Story with Wanderlust's Dan Linstead

Dan is the editor of Wanderlust, the top adventure travel magazine described by Michael Palin as "The best travel magazine this side of Nanga Parbat."

 

DAN LINSTEAD'S TOP TRAVEL WRITING TIPS

My tip for aspiring travel writers would be to think about stories, rather than itineraries. When we write home from trips, or write travel diaries, we almost always write sequentially: I did this, then I did that. But travel articles or books are much more selective and creative in their chronology, because they have to draw a reader into a coherent narrative. Consider the differences:

Itinerary                     versus             Story

Starts on Day 1                                    Starts at dramatic moment

Chronological                                       Can jump about

Comprehensive                                      Selective

Sights & activities                                   Feelings & discoveries

Unconnected events                               Deepening Understanding

Ends                                                     Concludes

 

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